A Queensland couple has been devastated by the senseless shooting of their pet alpacas.
Joe and Lizzie Sabo own the Stanthorpe Bed and Breakfast in southeast Queensland, where the six alpacas roam freely and interact with guests.
The loyal pets were known to rush to their owners every morning during feeding time and when they didn't, Mr Sabo knew something was wrong.
"I whistle'em or call'em up and they normally come running up... yesterday morning they just didn't come," Mr Sabo told 7 News.
Mr Sabo found five of the animals killed and the sixth needed to be put down.
The alpacas were all shot in the head.
"It's just so senseless," Lizzie Sabo told 7 News.
The Sabos told 7 News the alpacas were quiet and affectionate - they can't understand what motivated the attack.
Mr Sabo said the animals were a trusting lot.
"They are innocent, they'd come up to you. They're friendly."
Police believe the gunman entered the property last Wednesday night.
"Those six animals had been shot with a small calibre firearm," Senior Constable Jim Ellis said.
The alpaca killings are the second in the area in the last eight months.
Last September, seven alpacas were killed at a nearby property.
Police are investigating both attacks but say they're unable to link them.
In New Zealand, Charisma the alpaca was stolen from his Auckland paddock in March.
Bambi, his blind brother, now has to fend for himself.